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walleyed

[wawl-ahyd]
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adjective
  1. having eyes in which there is an abnormal amount of the white showing, because of divergent strabismus.
  2. having large, staring eyes, as some fishes.
  3. marked by excited or agitated staring of the eyes, as in fear, rage, frenzy, or the like: He stood there in walleyed astonishment.
  4. having an eye or the eyes presenting little or no color, as the result of a light-colored or white iris or of white opacity of the cornea.
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Origin of walleyed

1300–50; Middle English wawileghed, waugle eghed < Old Norse vagleygr, equivalent to vagl- (meaning uncertain; compare Icelandic vagl film over the eye) + -eygr -eyed; see eye; compare Old English waldenīge
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Historical Examples

  • Youd think him and that walleyed, cross-grained son-of-a-gun had been kind and lovin mates these many years.

    Langford of the Three Bars

    Kate Boyles


Word Origin and History for walleyed

adj.

c.1300, wawil-eghed, wolden-eiged, "having very light-colored eyes," also "having parti-colored eyes," from Old Norse vagl-eygr "having speckled eyes," from vagl "speck in the eye." Meaning "having one or both eyes turned out" (and thus showing much white) is first recorded 1580s.

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walleyed in Medicine

walleyed

(wôlīd′)
adj.
  1. Having a walleye.
  2. Affected with walleye.
  3. Having large bulging or staring eyes.
  4. Having eyes with distended pupils.
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